PASADENA NOW (DEC. 28, 2020)- The Rose Bowl Institute today announced awarding four scholarships as part of its Rose Bowl Sportsmanship Initiative (ROSI) and its 2020 Women’s  Empowerment Symposium, which was held virtually over a three-day period in  September. 

The four ROSI Scholarship winners are Elisa Jimenez of UC San Diego, Claire Killeen of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Sydney Spencer of University High  School in Irvine, and Stephanie Tian of the University of Pennsylvania. They will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Rose Bowl Institute to continue their schooling.

“The essays displayed outstanding character and maturity from each entrant. The winners were able to relate presentations at the symposium and personal acts of sportsmanship to their lives as  young sportspeople, leaders, and ultimately citizens of their communities,” said Rose Bowl  Institute president Charlie Firestone in a prepared statement. “Frankly, we were blown away by the quality of the  submissions.” 

Of 1,100 registered symposium attendees, 100 entered the competition for the scholarships, from which the four ROSI scholars were selected. 

As part of the contest, each entrant was asked which speaker at the symposium impacted them the most and why. Secondly, the contestants were asked how a moment of sportsmanship changed their perspective on their responsibilities to society.

“It was very difficult to choose winners,” said Lauren Hall, the Rose Bowl Institute’s director of programs and organizer of the symposium. “But what really impressed us was the commitment and ethics that these young women experienced from their  sportsmanship moments.”

Speakers at the event included actress and activist Sophia Bush, former Secretary of State  Madeleine Albright, women’s soccer stars from the 1999 World Cup Champion Women’s Team  Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, and many other athletes, executives, and women leaders.  

The scholarships were made possible by a community donor to the Rose Bowl Institute program. 

“The Rose Bowl Stadium’s history is special not just because of our local community, but communities around the globe,” said Rose Bowl Chief Development Officer Dedan Brozino. “With  attendees to the symposium from 33 states and seven countries, we are thankful for our donors that  supported these scholarship winners and those that will have an opportunity to participate in  future programs.” 

The Rose Bowl Institute’s mission is to “champion sportsmanship and leverage the power of sports  to unite people everywhere.” Its three pillars — sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship — were reflected in the speakers and sessions of the Women’s Empowerment Symposium held online over three days in September. The symposium was the second in an annual series. 

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